This Week in Cruise: Luxury Cruises About to Take Off

Seabourn Ovation
The Seabourn Ovation is set to launch this May.

There have been a number of exciting developments in luxury cruises this week in the cruise industry.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its 2018 Cruise Travel Report, which contained some good news for the sector: Millennial travelers are seeking out luxury cruises at a record pace. Almost a quarter of Millennials surveyed in the report (24 percent) reported having sailed on a luxury cruise line within the past three years.

The news comes as luxury lines are continuing to expand their fleets. Seabourn’s new Seabourn Ovation is set to launch this May, and this week the line previewed the new ship’s all-veranda oceanfront suites. Ranging from 300 square foot Veranda Suites up to Wintergarden Suites, which are nearly 1,000 square feet in size, all of the new ship’s suites will have private verandahs, plus all-marble bathrooms with the option of a “Pure Pampering Bath” drawn by the Suite Stewardess.

In the expedition space, Le Lapérouse, the first ship in Ponant’s new Explorers series, is entering the final stages of its construction. The new luxury expedition cruise ship has arrived in Norway, where its construction will continue in the Vard shipyard.

When it sets sail this June, it will have a number of over-the-top amenities, including the Blue Eye underwater lounge. Designed in collaboration with the architect Jacques Rougerie, that will allow passengers to see, hear and feel the underwater world. After Le Lapérouse, three more ships will follow in Ponant’s new Explorers series of luxury expedition ships.

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